Uncanny photographs capture beautiful birds as they struggle for freedom

It's true that the subjects of photographer Todd Forsgren's photographs are held against their will, but they're only detained briefly. They are entangled in mist nets, barely perceptible latticeworks of incredibly fine nylon cord, used by ornithologists to capture and study wild birds. » 8/10/12 11:50am 8/10/12 11:50am

Hummingbirds dive to sing with their tails

Many birds sing to woo females, but some hummingbirds go to great lengths to do so. They climb to between 5 and 40 metres before plummeting past perched females in death-defying dives. They pull up at the last minute, spread their tail feathers and produce a loud chirpy song. The song comes not from the birds' mouths,… » 9/11/11 2:30pm 9/11/11 2:30pm

This is what happens when you invite 40 vultures to dinner

For her video project In Ictu Oculi, artist Greta Alfaro set a table with a lovely dinner in the middle of nowhere and waited. What was she waiting for? Why, for a ravenous flock of several dozen carrion birds to drop by for a snack, of course. This meal goes from amusing to terrifying in under two minutes. » 8/29/11 2:15pm 8/29/11 2:15pm